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Vol 53 No 21

Published 19th October 2012

Regional confrontation looms

Support in the UN and Europe is growing for a West African military force to push out the entrenched jihadist groups in northern Mali

The developing plan to oust the jihadist forces controlling northern Mali is moving forward, with regional security talks in Bamako starting on 19 October and a meeting between the Algerian and French Presidents on the following day. So far, much of the effort has gone on military and logistical coordination, without much thought on any side about the equally important question of political strategy.

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